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Augusta Eyes Saving Historic Buildings

AUGUSTA, Maine — City councilors in Maine's capital city will consider enacting a moratorium banning the demolition of historic buildings within a proposed new historic district for 180 days.

The Kennebec Journal reports the City Council in Augusta will meet to consider adopting the moratorium on Thursday at 7 p.m. City officials say they are concerned there could be a rush to demolish buildings before the proposed historic district is created.

The council is considering the moratorium in response to an application filed by a property owner to demolish a Green Street building that city records say was built in 1816.

The building is within the boundaries of the proposed new preservation district. The district proposal is under review by the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and hasn't been approved by city councilors.